Robert Kubica enters LMP2 class for Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona

Kubica Rolex 24

Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica will race in the LMP2 class in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona for High Class Racing on Jan. 30.

Kubica headlines a team that includes Ferdinand Habsburg, Anders Fjordbach and Dennis Andersen.

“I am grateful for the opportunity that High Class Racing has given me,” said Kubica in a release.

In 97 Formula 1 races, Kubica earned one win in the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix. He drove for Sauber at the time. Kubica had 11 other podium finishes with the most recent being in the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps. Following the 2010 season, Kubica would not return to the series until 2019 when at the age of 34 he climbed behind the wheel of the Williams Formula 1 No. 88 and scored a best finish of 10th.

“Endurance racing requires a different approach,” Kubica added. “You are sharing the car with your teammates, with whom I am happy to enter this challenge, and I also look forward to reaching the finish line of this demanding race with them.

“The car is also new, as it is the first time I race an ORECA LMP2 car, but I hope for a smooth transition, even when sharing the driving time, so we can focus on our work and preparation for the race. Generally, I am very excited about the whole challenge, and I am looking forward to be working with the whole team.”

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Kubica participated in the 2017 24 Hours of Dubai, but withdrew with mechanical issues.

Andersen and Habsburg will also make their 24 Hours of Daytona debut this year.

“The 24 Hours of Daytona is one of the big ones, and I cannot imagine a better way of starting the 2021 season than to race with Anders, Robert and Ferdinand in this,” Andersen said. “It will offer me a great preparation for the FIA World Endurance Championship, where I also get the opportunity to learn and adapt to the new engine specs in a very competitive race.”

Fjordbach in the only driver in the group with WeatherTech Championship experience. He finished second in the LMP2 class and 32nd overall in the 2019 12 Hours of Sebring. The team completed 309 laps and was running at the end of the race.

The Roar Before the Rolex 24 from Jan. 22-24 opens the WeatherTech Championship season.

IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:

Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change